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Chelsea Physic Garden, London

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#18 of 100 in Parks in London
Situated in the heart of London, this 'Secret Garden' is a centre of education, beauty and relaxation. Chelsea Physic Garden was founded by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London in 1673 for its apprentices to study the medicinal qualities of plants. Throughout the 1700s it was one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world. It is London’s oldest botanic garden and a unique living museum.
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  • August 15, 2017
    My first visit and was so impressed with the free guided tour which was so informative and gave a good overview before we went off on our own exploring. The gardens were so tranquil with wonderful col...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Lovely quiet peaceful garden with an excellent cafe. The plants are well labelled and walking around is all on good paths. It is a 15 minute walk from the nearest Tube Station  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Having been trying to visit the Chelsea Physic Garden for several months we eventually managed a visit. This was the best garden visit we have made. What a surprise to find such a tranquil place in a ...  more »
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  • The free tours are really worth it. The guides are so knowledgeable. Even if the sun is not shining, the wealth of colour and the cafe more than make up. The garden's founder was an incredible collector. Sir Sloane was also the founder of what we know and love today, Cadbury's chocolate !!
  • Even in the pouring rain, a beautiful place to visit. The entrance fee is quite expensive, but worth it and the free guided tour is very informative. Lovely café too.
  • completely beautiful little corner of London, amazing botanical history and for anyone interested in natural medicine, a must see in London. A nice place to sit and have tea in the beautiful surrounds, too
  • Awesome. Lots of plants. Great walk. Includes audioguide.
  • Wonderful green oasis with a dining room serving a range of tasty dishes & salads plus cakes and puddings.

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